If there is one thing I’ve learned throughout my life, it is that negativity only has one result and that is Failure. The more negative you are, the longer it will take to turn your attitude around. It is easy to be consumed by negativity because it exists in Niagara Falls everywhere you turn. Drive down Main Street, what stands out to you? A seemingly endless façade of vacant storefronts and dilapidated buildings ... correct? Drive down Pine Avenue, what catches your eye? The despair of city market and yet another endless façade of empty storefronts … correct? What we ignorantly fail to see is the positive developments such as the redevelopment of the building across from the library, the development of the civic administration building, the redevelopment of the Custom’s House into an interpretive center for the Underground Railroad and train station. We fail to see the success of businesses such as Main St. Café, Why Coffee Shop, and the investment of business owners as in the case of Dustin Douglas’s Overdose Café. The same visual impairment applies to Pine Avenue. Underneath the negativity are positive roots that with a bit of encouragement, guidance, and enthusiasm can mature and grow into a dense forest. Why is it that we only see the negative? The answer is found in your surrounding environment. If you’re living amongst negative principles, negative attitudes, negative thoughts, and negative actions, then you more than likely will have a prevalent negative attitude. Negativity consumes people and causes great distress much like a disease infects someone. The difference is that in most cases you cannot prevent the infection of a disease like you can control the spread of negativity. Habitual negative thoughts produce negative attitudes and negative attitudes produce negative actions. If there is one thing in this world that someone has dominion over, it is the nature of their attitude. How many of us could endure over six years of terror and still look at the world with such a positive attitude? Marion Blumenthal Lazan is such a person. Outwardly Marion Blumenthal Laza appears feeble and weak but inwardly she is anchored by stronghold of perseverance only a person who has endured tremendous adversity. A survivor of one of the darkest times in human history, Marion suffered through a nightmare childhood in concentration camps and still looks towards the future with hope, determination, and perseverance. When asked how she managed to survive and endure the struggles, she said she maintained an attitude of optimism. She CHOSE to think positive amidst the hopeless negativity. Our attitude is our choice. It takes great difficulty and perseverance to continue to think positive while the negativity spreads around you. When politicians voice negativity, newspapers headline negative, and news broadcasts focus on negative, how can positivity exist?